What Is the synopsis of the film?
On July 4th, 2016 hackers raided government networks & stumbled across a litany of unsolved cases the county refuses to recognize… The hacked footage shows Thomas & Alex as they attempt to help a young child struggling to fit in. Here is case file #16-0529, known online as ‘HTM’… @V
How did you come up with the concept?
I’ve always been a giant fan of horror films in general, especially found footage films! At the time I was coming up with the concept for HTM, my roommate was having trouble with her 2 young boys & their estranged father so to speak. I thought, what would a father be willing to do to keep seeing his sons & what kind of situation does that put the kids… domestic situations can take a dark turn very quickly!
How long did it take to film?
Accounting for several rehearsals, having to fire an actor, the actual production took about 3 months. The actual filming took around 5 days total, which isn’t bad for a feature length film!
How did you decide on the location?
We toyed around with lots of different set locations, but in the end we decided the best place to film would be where our lead Actress lived with her son. In the film, Stephanie and Isaiah are actually mother and son in real life. It gave us unlimited flexibility and made it much easier working with the Isaiah.
What was the highlight of making the film?
Getting to work with actors you love and respect is definitely the professional highlight for me. Also, getting to tell a horror story is so much fun. Experimenting with new ideas. Everyone watches movies and thinks, ‘well I would’ve done this instead”, and when you make your own film it’s amazing because you get to do just that, make what you think works best!
What was the most difficult moment of shooting the film?
The hardest part of shooting HTM was definitely the extended takes. We wanted to add a bit of realism by letting takes run long and improvising throughout. Our final scene was also very exhausting, we all ended up leaving with several bumps & bruises! Ouch!
Any specific movies or stories that influenced the script?
Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to make a found footage film without being inspired by the Blair Witch Project and the Paranormal Activity series. Creep is also another really amazing horror film that left me stunned with it’s ending!
What makes this film stand out among others?
I think the script makes it stand out, I had so much fun writing this story. All the characters really start out with the best intentions. Stephanie wants what’s best for her son Isaiah, Alex wants to pass his class, Thomas wants to help a friend, but also wants the girl… Unfortunately, even when we have good intentions things can still turnout terrible for everyone. I also feel the ending sets it apart… without giving too much away, I really wanted HTM to be about the real monsters that lurk out in the open.
Looking back, is there anything you would change about the film:
There will always be those who like, dislike, or feel neutral about your film. Even Oscar nominated films have their haters & fans. I try not to have any regrets, with film it’s important to make what you feel is best and move on. What the audience does with it from that point is out of your control. With that being said, I would’ve loved to have squeezed in a few extra scares!
Any other horror projects currently in the works?
For the time being HTM is my only horror film. I am working on a new script, but this one has to do with time travel!
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